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5-Step Process for Accessing Accommodations Services

Step 1: Be a Tiger!
All students requesting accommodation services must be an officially enrolled TSU student.

Step 2: Submit an Application
Students requesting services must complete and submit an official application including verifiable documentation of a professional that is disability specific. There are different guidelines for each disability type. Please refer to Documentation Guidelines.

Step 3: Applicant Review Process
The student’s completed application will be evaluated to identify reasonable academic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations to address reported academic needs. This process may take four-to-six weeks after receipt of the student’s completed file. Incomplete applications may delay the process.

Step 4: Accommodation Plan Meeting
An accommodation plan is developed and reviewed by the student and the Disability Coordinator to ensure all needs are addressed. If further supportive services are needed, the ODS will make the appropriate referrals (i.e., Department of Assistive Rehabilitative Services (DARS), etc.).

Step 5: Generate Accommodation Letters
Accommodation letters are generated for indicated courses and given to the registered ODS student to deliver to his/her professor to discuss and establish a clear understanding of how the accommodations will be provided. The ODS request that one signed letter per course is returned to the office for filing purposes.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA of 1990 provides civil rights protection for individual with disabilities. It guarantees equal opportunities for “qualified individuals” with disabilities in all public facilities, educational programs, activities, services and benefits. The ADA upholds and maintains compliance standards to ensure institutions of higher education policies, procedures and practices are non-discriminatory.

The Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAAA)
The ADAAA of 2008 broaden the definition of disability to cover impairments that are episodic or in remission that substantially limits a major life activity when active.

Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973
No otherwise qualified person with a disability…shall solely by reason of …disability, be denied benefits, excluded from participating, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

ODS will adhere to all applicable state and federal laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required in an effort to offer equal opportunities to qualified disabled individuals.